- Platforms: Windows, Mac, Playstation 3, Xbox 360
- Release date: 2007
- Developer: Valve
- Genre: First Person Shooter
It’s true that most first person shooters have a pretty short shelf life. Only the best are played for years (and sometimes decades) after their initial release. Doom, Duke Nukem 3D, Counter Strike (including Counter Strike: Source), Quake 3 Arena… I believe Team Fortress 2 is one we can add to that distinguished list.
Originally released as part of The Orange Box in 2007, the game has seen numerous upgrades including an achievement system, new weapons, hats!, new game modes, and plenty of new maps. Besides the content upgrades, the biggest change came a few years ago when the game went free-to-play. This means anyone with a Steam account can hop right in and play today with 0 dollars traded in exchange. That’s a huge plus, especially considering most new AAA FPS games will set you back $50 to $60.
So what makes Team Fortress 2 so great that it deserves a spot on the Game of The Day list? Well, it’s a lot of fun. That’s a great place to start. It also runs pretty well on older hardware, so it’s got a low barrier to entry. It’s got fantastic graphics and animations, plus a really neat faux-50s art style that I just adore. Finally, the classes are all really well balanced and there’s something for every type of game player including my favourite class: the turret farmer.
I’ve sunk a huge number of hours into the game since it came out in 2007. I know a lot of my readers will feel the same when I say that Team Fortress 2 is one of the best first person shooters available on the market today. It’s servers are consistently full even a full 5 years after release, and that’s saying quite a bit for a genre with such short life spans.
If you’ve never played it, give it a go. Even if you’re not an FPS fan. It’s that good and I’m sure you’ll love it.
What do you think of Team Fortress 2? Let me know in the comments below!